I was just interviewed again by the Wall Street Journal for an episode of their “Your Money Briefing” podcast.
The episode is described as, “Financial security expert Pamela Yellen explains why employees should take control of their 401(k) retirement investments and not rely on their employer to invest for them.”
In this eye-opening interview I discuss:
- Why it’s very likely that your 401(k) money is in a Target Date Fund (TDF) – even if you didn’t authorize it or request it – and three reasons that should concern you
- 98% of all employers use TDFs, and 90% have it as the “default option,” which means they automatically put your money there unless you specifically direct them to do otherwise – and almost no one does
- Near retirement? You’re not protected! TDFs are supposed to dial back risk as you near retirement, but in practice, that hasn’t happened. In 2008, some TDFs designed for participants expecting to retire in two years lost as much as 40%!
- How the shockingly high fees of TDFs devour your hard-earned savings
- The dangers of having your retirement savings in a one-size-fits-all financial vehicle
- How to quickly and easily do your own research to compare the mutual fund options your 401(k) offers
- How to protect your retirement savings from market volatility and ensure a guaranteed income for life
[Read more…] “The Wall Street Journal Podcast Interview with Pamela Yellen: The Biggest 401(k) Mistake People Make”
Here’s the most critical question you must be able to answer about your retirement plan…
Do you know what your retirement account(s) will be worth on the day you plan to tap into them?
If you’re saving for retirement the way most people do, you couldn’t answer this question if your life depended on it!
And When You Get Right Down to it, Your Life Does Depend on it!
Here are three reasons why… [Read more…] “Can You Answer This Critical Question About Your Retirement Plan? (Most People Can’t)”
I was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for an episode of their “Your Money Briefing” podcast.
The episode is described as, “Financial security expert Pamela Yellen explains why most people stop working earlier than planned, and offers safe investment tips to reduce the chances of running out of money in retirement.”
In this interview I discussed: [Read more…] “The Wall Street Journal Podcast Interview with Pamela Yellen: Why You Won’t Work as Long as You Planned”
The typical 65-year-old has only enough savings to cover 9.7 years of retirement income. That leaves the average American man with a gap of 8.3 years, and women (who live longer) face a 10.9-year gap with no savings left.
That’s according to a scary new study by the World Economic Forum. This assumes you live an average lifespan. If you’re one of the “lucky” ones who lives longer, you could outlive your money by 20 to 25 years or more.
6 Challenges You Face that Could Turn Your Retirement Dreams into a Retirement Nightmare…
How many of these challenges have you prepared for?
Challenge #1: The typical household nearing retirement has an average of only $135,000 in their combined retirement accounts – enough to provide at most $600 per month income. (Source: Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances)
Challenge #2: Even healthy couples will face extreme health care costs in retirement. [Read more…] “Retirees Will Outlive Their Savings by 10 Years, According to a New Study by the World Economic Forum”
What do you think of when you think of retirement? Freedom? Enjoyment? Less stress?
You’re not alone. Most workers today associate retirement with those concepts, according to What Is “Retirement”? Three Generations Prepare for Older Age, the latest study from the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.
But the big question is … Will You Be Ready?
Will You Be Healthy Enough to Retire the Way You Hope To?
Just 16% of Baby Boomers surveyed said their health is “excellent.” But only about half of the workers in the survey said they exercise regularly … or eat healthfully … or get enough sleep.
Here’s the issue, as laid out bluntly by life coach Peter Sage …
If you don’t make time for health, you’ll have to make time for illness.”
How successful at life can you be, when your body refuses to serve you? And it will eventually refuse to serve you if you ignore your health.
Will You Have Enough Money to Do What You Want to Do?
Two out of three workers say their big retirement dream is travel. Half of those surveyed said they’re looking forward to spending time with their family and friends. And nearly half get a smile on their faces when they think of the time they’ll have to pursue their hobbies.
The problem is this: half of those surveyed have less than $50,000 total in all their household retirement accounts.
How far will $50,000 take you? [Read more…] “Retirement Can Be Fantastic … If You’re Prepared”
Perhaps you’ve heard that the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans. … Particularly your plans for retirement!
And you’ve probably heard that with the unpredictability of the markets – stocks, bonds, real estate, whatever – you’re going to need to work longer than you had planned, in order to have enough to live on in retirement.
But that doesn’t mean the universe will cooperate.
Research from the Center for Retirement Research reveals that on average 21 percent of workers intend to work to age 66 or later. But more than half of them fail to reach this target.
The share of workers who say they expect to work past age 65 rose from 16% in 1991 to 48% in 2018. But the study shows that 37 percent of all workers end up retiring earlier than they had planned.
How can this be?
Why Are Hard-Working Americans Retiring Earlier Than Planned?
[Read more…] “There’s a Good Chance You May Be Forced to Retire Sooner Than You Expect”
What kind of return would you have to get in the stock market to make it worth the risk and gut-wrenching ups and downs?
Would you put your life’s savings at risk for a 5% annual return?
Or would you require at least a 7% return?
Or maybe even a 10% annual return?
If you’re like most people we’ve surveyed, you wouldn’t do it unless you thought you could get at least a 7% annual return over time, right?
Here’s the Harsh Reality of the Actual Returns Investors Are Getting…
I hope you’re sitting down because this is going to floor you: According to a new study, the typical investor in equity mutual funds has gotten only a 3.88% annual return… over the last 20 years!
But it’s actually much worse than that. Here’s why… [Read more…] “Many Stock Market Investors Haven’t Kept Up With Inflation Over the Last 20 Years – DALBAR 2019 Report”
When the stock market is going up, investors love it. When it’s going down, not so much.
Many investors lie awake at night wondering, “Is there any good alternative to this crazy roller coaster? Is it possible to successfully and confidently grow my nest egg without playing in the Wall Street Casino?”
If you’re one of those folks who thinks saving for retirement shouldn’t have to be so unpredictable, read on! There is a safe and proven alternative to Wall Street. It offers guaranteed growth, a predictable income stream, tax advantages, and very little in the way of government interference.
Millions have found their investment alternative of choice in high cash value dividend-paying whole life insurance.
Huh? Life Insurance as an Investment Alternative to Wall Street?
[Read more…] “Read Reviews for Using Bank On Yourself as an Investment Alternative”
If you have even 10% of your wealth in the stock market and experience only a 10% loss, your risk of dying early, or having a physical health problem like high blood pressure or a mental health problem such as depression, increases significantly.
That’s according to a recent study published in the American Economic Journal. These losses are known as “wealth shocks,” which the study found “strongly affect physical health, mental health, and survival rates.”
Among every 100 retirees with money in the market suffering a 10% wealth shock, one additional person will die within the next two years, and 2.5 more will develop health problems.
The study didn’t examine the impact of a bigger drop than 10%, but it’s easy to imagine it would be worse.
It’s not rocket science to realize there is a close connection between your health and your wealth.
It’s not just the risk of early death and sickness you need to worry about…
The anxiety, anger, and frustration you feel caused by negative stock market returns also “makes investors more prone to driving errors and lapses.” [Read more…] “Stock Market Declines Linked to Early Death, Illness and Fatal Accidents, Studies Show”
According to the Federal Reserve, credit card debt in the U.S. is at its highest level ever. In December 2018, credit card debt was $26 billion higher than it was just three months earlier.
Americans over age 60 hold nearly one-third of all credit card debt in the country – and they’re seeing their accounts go delinquent at an increasing pace.
We’re not surprised. Eighteen months ago, we at Bank On Yourself bemoaned the fact that household debt at the end of 2017 was at a then all-time high of more than $13 trillion. Now credit card debt is poised to overtake auto debt as one of the “big three” consumer debt millstones (after mortgages and student loans).
Carrying significant credit card debt can cause serious problems
Living with a large balance on your card(s) can be like trying to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope: You hope and pray nothing goes wrong.
What could go wrong while your cards are maxed out? [Read more…] “Record-High Credit Card Debt Promises Problems for Many”